With manufacturers adding more and more cameras to their phones, it’s hard to make one that stands out. Chinese phone maker Vivo hopes to do so with an unconventional stabilization system: a miniaturized internal gimbal that stabilizes the camera module itself.
We have already heard this kind of promise: the stabilization of the camera of the telephone can be carried out with an active cropping of the sensor, an integrated optical stabilization system of the DSLR lens type, or a combination of the two. Vivo says that the gimbal system of flagship X50 Pro and Pro + phones can stabilize on several axes with an efficiency of 200% compared to a conventional optical stabilization system. The “radar” interface of the camera application indicates to the user the ideal moment to take a stabilized photo.
Only the main sensor of the phones, respectively a Sony 48MP and a Samsung 50MP, has access to the gimbal stabilization system. But both phones have four rear sensors in total with dedicated portrait, wide angle and “periscope” lenses.
The X50 Pro uses a Snapdragon 765 G, a 6.5-inch curved AMOLED screen with a perforated camera, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage, a fingerprint reader integrated into the screen and an impressive system 33W fast charge. The X50 Pro + basically has the same specifications, with a faster 120 Hz LCD screen, an improved Snapdragon 865 processor and an option for 12 GB of RAM. They both run a heavily modified version of Android 10 and, of course, have 5G radios.
The X50 Pro will start at 4298 yuan, the Pro + at 4998 yuan, with the maximum version of 12 GB priced at 5998. It’s a range of around $ 600- $ 840, not that these phones are likely to tell you where you can pay them in dollars. Even so, the Chinese market is a place of fierce competition and experimentation – we might see something similar appear in other markets before too long.